Examining the barriers and facilitators to trauma registry sustainability in the Global South

Injury is a leading cause of death and disability world-wide, however rates are especially high for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Trauma registries— databases that document information on the injured patient related to the injury event, demographics, process of care, and outcome— are commonly used in high-income countries and have proven extremely effective in reducing rates of death and disability through informing injury prevention and quality improvement programs. Their use in LMICs is less common due to the financial and human resource constraints of hospitals in many of these settings. In recent years, innovative strategies have been used to overcome some of these constraints. The purpose of this project is to examine both the barriers and strategies that facilitate trauma registry sustainability—with a specific focus on the use of m-health technologies—to create a resource toolkit that can be used to improve how trauma registries are implemented and operated in the global south.

Intern: 
Leah Rosenkrantz
Faculty Supervisor: 
Nadine Schuurman
Province: 
British Columbia
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